Hale, who was also considered for the manager's job on the Blue Jays ultimately given to Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, has spent much of his career in the Red Sox organization, acting as a manager throughout the team's farm system during the 90s before leaving for the Rangers. He returned in 2006, taking over as the Red Sox' third base coach before being named the bench coach for last season.
With over 1,000 games of managing experience in the minors, as well as a Minor League Manager of the Year award from Baseball America on his resume, Hale makes a tempting target for the Mets. Cafardo also points out that J.P. Ricciardi, who recently joined the Mets' front office, has always been a big fan.
If Hale were to be chosen for the job, that could free up the bench coach job for Tim Bogar, moving the oft-criticized third base coach away from the basepaths.